'Very disappointing': Ian Wright is thoroughly fed up with Arsenal player
Ian Wright has told Premier League Productions, via the Daily Mail, that he thought Nicolas Pepe was poor for Arsenal last night.
The Gunners drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Alexandre Lacazette scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put Arsenal into the lead. Second-half goals from Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard had seemingly won it for the Eagles, however.
Pepe was handed another chance to start last night. He played the full 90 minutes on the right-hand side but was largely ineffective.
In 96 games for the Gunners, he has scored 25 goals and claimed 17 assists, with a lot of his strong form coming in the Europa League.
Wright wasn’t impressed with the 26-year-old as Arsenal could only draw last night.
He told Premier League Productions, via the Daily Mail: “Pepe was very disappointing again and once they scored, Arsenal didn’t take it to Palace.”
Pepe has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Arsenal team and a lack of consistency isn’t helping.
He definitely needs a run of form in order to justify such an outlay for his services.
Borrowed time: Pepe running out of lifelines at Arsenal
Pepe hasn’t really produced the goods that the Gunners thought he would when he was signed.
His goal and assist returns aren’t great and it’s often a case of one step forward, two steps backwards for the Ivorian.
If he was a young player who had been signed or come through the ranks, some sympathy might be had for the player.
Ultimately though, he’s cost in excess of £70 million and earns £140,000-a-week at the football club.
Wright is seemingly thoroughly fed up with Pepe and lots of Arsenal supporters will share that sentiment.
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